Hampden’s Norris among three players heading to Husson men’s basketball program

Posted May 24, 2013, at 1:31 p.m.
Tyler Norris
Tyler Norris

BANGOR, Maine — Husson University men’s basketball coach Warren Caruso has landed three players for next year’s team including Tyler Norris, who helped lead Hampden Academy capture the state Class A championship this past winter.

Eli Itkin from Shea High School in Rhode Island and Blair Mathisen, a Bangor native who played at Tonganoxie High School in Kansas join Norris in the class.

Norris, a 6-foot-4 forward, averaged 9.2 points, five rebounds and 1.8 assists this past season for the 20-0 Broncos. He was chosen to the KVAC All-Star team and played in the McDonald’s Senior All-Star game.

Itkin, another 6-4 forward, averaged 13 points, six rebounds and 3.2 assists for Shea High School and was a first team all-league and second team all-division player.

Mathisen, a 6-2 guard, averaged six points, three rebounds and two assists per game.

“These young men bring a strong work ethic to our program and will help lay a foundation for our future,” said Caruso in a press release. “We are excited about our opportunity next year and they will be successful student-athletes in our program.”

Husson went 20-9 this past season and graduated six players.

Husson won its third North Atlantic Conference tournament championship in five years and earned a berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament where it lost to Plattsburgh State (N.Y.) 84-63 in the first round.

Smith earns New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association spot

Winterport native Shawn Smith, who led the Husson University Eagles to a berth in the ECAC Division III Tournament, has been chosen to play in the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association game pitting the university division all-stars against the college division all-stars at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass. on Monday, June 3 at 7 p.m.

The North Atlantic Conference Player of the Year and NEIBA Division III first team All-New England selection hit .417 with four homers, seven doubles, eight triples and 46 runs batted in.

The center fielder led the team in batting average, triples, RBIs, on-base percentage (.474) and slugging percentage (.649). He also topped the team in saves with three spanning seven innings.

He stole 17 bases and played errorless ball.

Morris attains coaching stint

Husson University assistant baseball coach Chris Morris will be the pitching coach for the North Fork Ospreys (N.Y.) this summer.

The Ospreys play in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League and several top college players play in the league.

“It’s a great honor. I look forward to representing Husson University and our baseball program and coaching some of the top baseball players from around the country,” said Morris in a press release. “It’s a very competitive league with some great coaching staffs. It’s going to be a challenge every night when we step on the field.”

In addition to working with Husson’s pitchers, who compiled a conference-best 3.50 earned run average, he also worked with the infielders and catchers and was involved in recruiting.

The former Brewer American Legion coach and Bangor High School assistant coach played baseball and football at Husson and is also on the Husson football coaching staff.

He graduated from Husson with degrees in business administration/sports management (2010) and physical education (2012).

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